Business Services

The business team at Hartlaw offers a comprehensive range of corporate and commercial legal services.  
Whether you’re setting up a business, considering a company acquisition or management buyout, or need some terms and conditions drafting - we can help.

Working with business owners, we provide practical commercial advice that is tailored to their specific needs and those of their business.  

From start-up…

Our team enjoys supporting entrepreneurs throughout Yorkshire in a range of industry sectors.  
They regularly advise businesses at start-up stage on all of the issues surrounding company formation, talk through the options regarding company status and partnerships to ensure your business starts on the firmest possible footing, with everything you need in place - and no nasty surprises.

Through business growth… 

As businesses grow, their needs evolve.  Our experienced team will help you maintain a stable and motivated workforce, proactively advising you in areas such as employee benefits and share option schemes to ensure you are maximising the opportunities available to you.  
We regularly advise on mergers and acquisitions, as well as helping put the necessary commercial, agency, distribution, franchise or licensing agreements in place that will enable you to successfully lead your business to the next stage of growth.

To exit strategies …

When the time comes, we’re here to help you exit their business and realise its potential - be that through succession planning or a corporate sale.

And everything in between…

Having the right advisers around you is a vital part of running a successful business. For many businesses in the region - large and small - we provide exactly that service, with sound, strategic advice delivered by a strong team experienced in all areas of commercial and corporate law. 
Our work includes: 
If you’re looking to start, grow, buy or sell a business, or you’re looking for specific advice in relation to any of the areas listed above, contact Matt Seldon for an initial conversation about how we can help. Call 01937 547 009 or email

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Coronavirus - update

Please be advised in accordance with Government guidelines we have taken the difficult yet important decision to prioritise our staff and clients’ health and wellbeing in light of the Coronavirus. As such we have made temporary changes to our working patterns. Please be assured so far as is possible we are still operating ‘business as usual’ although to protect everyone, we are now largely working from home and conducting meetings remotely/electronically. In order to minimise any potential risk to our staff and our valued clients, our main office will not be open to the public and we would appreciate where possible, any correspondence to be sent via email to your case manager directly or to our central address which is
Please avoid sending any payments by cheque and instead send all payments directly to us via bank transfer or make payments over the telephone to 01937 547004.
Please note any emails and/or telephone calls to your case manager will still be accessed as normal and your case will be progressed.  We are sure that you understand in the current circumstances, your case may be passed on to an alternative fee earner.
Please also note than any email communication during this time will automatically be copied to one of our partners as well as your case manager. 
Our central office telephone number 01937 547000 is still being operated as normal during our business hours of 9am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday.
On behalf of all of the partners and team at Hartlaw LLP, we thank you for your continued support during these difficult times. Please be assured we remain committed to providing the highest quality of service and legal advice to our clients and the local community and we hope that you all stay safe and look after each other.